February 16, 2012
JAKARTA, Indonesia – The Indonesian Foreign Ministry and an embassy task force in Damascus are bringing back 37 Indonesians home from conflict-torn Syria. They are expected to arrive Thursday (February 16th). The latest group to be returned from Syria include 19 students with their families, 17 housemaids and one child.
An earlier evacuation operation this month included seven housemaids, according to The Jakarta Post.
Foreign Ministry official Ple Priatna told The Post in a written statement that the National Agency for Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers will help the housemaids find new work and the students will be taken home if they aren't picked up by their families.
According to The Jakarta Globe, 98 workers are still at the Damascus embassy awaiting exit permits and work-contract settlements.